Find Your Flavor
Is your job like a big bowl of Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream? Or is it
more like generic, low-fat frozen yogurt on a
stick? Do you look forward to going to
work in the morning, or would you rather
just go back to bed?
Ifyou find yourself under the covers eat-
ing ice creanl, it might be time to consider
a new job.
The odds are that if you are not doing
what you love, you won't do it well. And
someone, probably your boss, will be quick
to point out your mistakes. So, before you
forget what it is that you do really well, you
need to manage your career for optimum
First, decide what is important in your
life.You have to know what drives you. Ifyou
are passionate about helping people and you
find yourself analyzing accounts receivable,
you might have a major disconnect between
who you are and what you do. If you are a
social person, you need to understand that
working in isolation will be difficult.
Examine your skills and talents. What do
you do well and enjoy doing? What activi-
ties interest you? These are the things you
want to incorporate into your next job.
Make a list of what you like and dislike
about your job. How can you get more of
what you like and less of what you don't
like? What would your ideal job look like?
Sometimes it is not a matter of changing
careers but of changing your audience.
Knowing what works for you - your
skills, talents, interests and values - is criti-
cal to career satisfaction. There are hun-
dreds ofopportunities, but not all ofthem
are right for you. Get to know yourself and
really, really listen to who you are.
Consider taking a self-assessment exercise,
such as the Myers Briggs Type Inclicator,
which looks at your strengths and weak-
nesses. Instead of defining you by your
training, it helps you understand yourself so
that you can find the best career match.
When who you are is not aligned with
what you do, it is like being a square peg in
a round hole - not a comfortable fit.
Whether you're looking to move laterally or
to a higher level in your present company,
it's in1portant to know who you are.
Keep your skills up-to-date. Most of us
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can expect to
have from five to
eight careers in
tics and the economy are all shifting at a
rapid pace; we need to keep our skills cur-
rent to stay competitive.
Be strategic and plan for success. Explore
opportunities that are available to you. What
do you need to do to take advantage of
these opportunities? Do you need more
training or more experience? Do you need to
move? Do you have to save money so that
you can afford to be out of work while you
look for a job that fits you better? Do you
know where to get low-cost health insur-
ance ifyou are out of a job for a while?
Use your resume as a bridge to a new job.
If you want to be a pilot, but your resume
screams accountant, employers will see you
as an accountant. Help the employer see you
in your new role by highlighting accom-
plishments that demonstrate your relevant
experience or training.
It is possible to transition from a human
resource director to a massage therapist, a
restaurant manager to a computer science
engineer, or a lawyer to a headhunter.
However, the wider the gap between where
you are and where you want to go, the
more time and effort it will take.
Network like crazy. It is easier to sell the
"new you" to people with whom you have
an existing relationship. They already know
you and what you can do. Use your network
to access people in other industries. Talk to
coll1petitors. Join a professional group.
And when you find that new job, resist the
urge to tell all in your exit interview. True
story: A client of mine once left a job because
of a difficult boss only to discover that the
boss had taken a job with the company that
she was joining. It's a small world, and you
never know when or where you will
encounter people from your past. When it's
time to move on, leave with grace.•
Unda Conklin is the GM's manager of Alumni Career
Services. Contact her with career·related questions at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 962-3749. Her
advice and other career-related information can be
found at alumni.unc.edujcareer.
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Jean Ahlland Kitchin ' 70, Scotland Neck . . . . . . Chair
Anthony S.Harrington' 63, East(ltJ,Mi. ..Irnm:rlPsam
Tom D. Efird ' 61, Gastonia ............ Chair-Elect
James A. Harrell Jr. ' 69, Elkin . . . . . . . . . 1" Vice Chair
.Joel G.Brinkley ' 75, Chevy Ota5l', Md. . .... . 2"' VICe am
Anthony Eden Rand ' 61,Faycffevilie ....... Treasurer
Dwight M. Davidson 1II ' 77, Grwrsboro .. Asst. Treasurer
William P. Aycock II ' 65, Greel/sboro . .... Counsel
Douglas S. Dibbert ' 70, Chapel Hill . .. .. President
Tar Heel Network Chairman
Thomas W Lambeth ' 57
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Timothy F Cobb 'S6 (2007) . . . . . . . . . . . . . Atlanta
William G. Daughtridge Jr. 75 (2007) ... Rocky Mount
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3.Josepb M.Jenkim ' 70 (2008) .. . .. . .. Fayetteville
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7. William J. Leacb Jr. ' 67 (2008) . . . . . . . . Statesville
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Randy K.Jones ' 79 (2006) . . . . . . . Chula Vi,ta. Calif.
Joseph M. Jenrette III ' 73 (2007) ..... Charleston.S.C.
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James E. Delany ' 70 (200S) ........ . .Park Ridge, Ill.
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Ryan C. Tuck . . . . . . . . . . . Editor, 77.e Daily Tar Heel
Bobby L. Whisnant Jr. . . ... President, Senior Class
Alexander M. Freeman .. Pres., Order ofthe Bdl Tower
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James L. Leloudis Il ' 77 (2006) ...... Chapel Hill
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John D. Matheson '02 (MBA), Dentistry . . . . . . .. Ailieville
David Augustus Martin ' 73, Education .. . ... RaIeigh
Amy Beth Gresko '03,lnfurmation & Libr:uy Science...... Cary
Mack A. Moore 'S4,Journalism . . . . . ..... .RaIeigh
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Bobbie Jo Lee ' 93 (' 97 MSN), Nursing .........Cary
Gill Ripley ' 71, Pharmacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elkin
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Joel M. Brown ' 69 (2006) . . . . . . . . . . Winston-Salem
Kenneth W H uff ' 7 I (2007) . . . . . . . . Du rh am
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